Microwave Puffy Paint

With a few ingredients and a microwave you can make fun art work and do a science experiment at the same time.  Your kids will love this simple Microwave Puffy Paint Recipe.

All you need is:

1/2 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

food coloring

Enough water to make a paste

Cardboard or mat board

Just simply mix the ingredients together.  The mixing can be done by the kids, which my girls loved.  They were both convinced we were making pancakes.  “That is NOT how you make paint Mom.”  Once we added colors then they finally agreed it was paint.  Funny!  We just made one batch and divided it between the 6 different colors.

We poured the paint into squeeze bottles.  We used left over craft paint bottles and a couple squeeze bottles stolen donated from my wonderful sister-in-law.  The girls loved squeezing the paint, but you could use cotton swabs to apply it as well.  The thicker the paint is applied, the thicker the puff once microwaved!

Once the masterpiece if finished simply place in the microwave for 20 – 50 seconds depending on how thick the paint was applied.  You will see the paint puff up and dry out when it is done.  We had to microwave a couple of ours pieces 2 or 3 times to get all the paint to “cook”.  This was like magic to the girls, they giggled and giggled.  I was delighted myself, the paint looked so great all puffy, pin pricked with holes and colorful.  Although the girls are asking for pancakes after we were all done!

There are also recipes that use self rising flour, but we did not have any so we experimented with adding baking power and it worked great.  That might be why ours have the look and smell of pancakes!

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30 thoughts on “Microwave Puffy Paint

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  1. I love this idea and my daughter and I had a blast making the paint as well as painting but how long is the paint good for after you have made it? Do you need to store leftovers in any certain way?

    • Our paint only lasts for a couple of days before the kiddos finish it. I store it in the fridge, it separates but it works fine after it is shaken up. We have not tried to store it any longer, but I would be interested in hearing your experience.

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  5. This looks like so much fun! I was wondering if you had any issues with the paint staining? I’m always looking for quick or at least easy clean-up! Any suggestions?

    • We used ours within a couple of days. We stored it right in the squeeze bottles. Make sure that you give it a good shake before your use it.

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  10. My daughter and I just finished doing this project. It was so much fun. She lived it and the paintings turned out great! Thank you for such a wonderful idea.

  11. My kids start spring break Friday, i’d loved to try this except we don’t have a microwave. Any other way to puff and dry it out- oven?

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